The MIYABI 5000MCD series of knives combine perfect functionality and ergonomics with a unique design. Each individual knife is an authentic masterpiece made in Seki City, Japan using traditional Japanese craftsmanship in synergy with modern technology and materials to create a blade of the highest quality that is unmatched by any other commercially produced knife. The extremely hard core of Micro Carbide MC63 powder steel is encased in 100 layers of steel of two different grades of hardness. A special blade treatment alters the surface structure of every layer, giving each blade its individual pattern and then given its authentic Japanese Honbazuke honing by hand. The tempering process results in a central core hardness of 63 HRC after final quenching. Each knife has a unique Katana cutting edge, a visible sign of master craftsmanship that is reminiscent of the blades of Japanese swords. Traditionally, these swords received their individual Hamon, the line dividing the less hard blade body from the extremely hard cutting edge, by hand. Each handle is made of top-quality Masur Birch and is totally unique. The structure of the wood out of which the handle has been crafted is revealed through the interplay of lines and stripes. The warmth of the natural wood contrasts attractively with the steel blade. A mosaic pin and decorative end cap provide the finishing touches to this sophisticated look.